Certified Fundamentals Cook® (CFC®)
ACFEF Accredited Secondary/Post-Secondary Programs, please visit the students page.
Education Requirements and Work Experience:
No experience required.
- High School Diploma/GED
- 75 Continuing Education Hours (CEH)
Mandatory Course Requirement:
- 15-hour course in Nutrition
- 15-hour course in Food Safety & Sanitation
Exam Requirement: Successful completion of written and performance exams administered through NOCTI.
Written and Performance Exam Information
The written and performance exam are administered through NOCTI. Exam information and study materials are available on the NOCTI webpage.
Applicants must submit Individual CFC® Certification application with education documentation, NOCTI assessment results and application fee. Please allow 2-3 weeks for processing.
High School Program Administrators submitting multiple students, please use the Group CFC™ Certification application.
CFC® Certification requires annual renewal. The certification will only be valid for three years. For more information, visit the recertification page
Upgrade to a Higher Certification Level
Depending on education and experience, CFC® certificants may be eligible to upgrade to the Certified Culinarian® Certification (CC®).
Have questions or need more information? Contact the ACF Certification Department.